I will admit that when I first laid eyes on the Mettle Simi Bombshell Brass Wood Bag, I thought to myself “what the heck is this thing”. Seriously though, what the heck is it? A quick glance probably makes you think a bowl or a vase or an upside down helmet of some sort. These were the things that flashed through my mind. But no, this piece is actually meant to be a handbag. The hammered brass exterior gives it a very rustic look, perfect if you’re looking for an evening bag that is a bit outside the box. There is no closure of any kind, simply an opening in the top. I suppose you would want to wear it as a crossbody bag, that way there would be less risk of any contents spilling out.
Indeed, this is a very unusual piece. However, I’m not quite ready to cast it aside. The reason is because I read the designer bio and found something rather intriguing. Designer Brianna Hallihan was apparently inspired by her experience volunteering at a women’s co-op in Cambodia. Mettle is actually produced in Cambodia as part of a non-profit skills training project. The collection is entirely handmade and free trade. And that hammered brass you’re looking at? That is actually recycled bombshells! This piece is weird, yes. But the story behind it is incredible!